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Monthly Archives: April 2015

North Penn School Board approves resolution in support of basic education funding formula

The North Penn Reporter catches up with yet another school board whose members are making the case for a funding formula. “The North Penn School Board doesn’t seem to be shy about wanting a new basic education funding formula, and at Thursday night’s action meeting the board unanimously approved a resolution urging the […]

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Beaver County school superintendents: Public schools need fair-funding formula

Education leaders across the state are pushing hard for a fair-funding formula by 2016.

The Beaver Times Online posts an op-ed by the superintendents, who note that, “Monies allocated from the Pennsylvania Legislature for public education pay only 33 percent of a child’s schooling. The national average is 44 percent.”

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As Pa. schools’ spending gap widens, kids learn to do without

The Tribune Review, “It seems a little off that where you live can determine the type of education you receive. But that’s the way things are in Pennsylvania right now.”

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Greater Johnstown School District has starring role in play about education funding

School funding cuts hit hard in Philadelphia, Johnstown and in communities across the state.

The Tribune-Democrat takes a look at “School Play,” which debuted in Philadelphia last week and reports that, “The producers of a play intended to highlight the crisis caused by school funding cuts didn’t want the audience to mistakenly believe this problem […]

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The Mercury: Pa. needs fair funding formula for schools

Being #1 is not always a good thing …

The Mercury publishes an op-ed by Dr. George Bonekemper, a retired teacher and superintendent, who points out that, “While many motorists feel certain that Pennsylvania leads the nation in potholes, there is another top ranking for the Keystone state, number one in the lack of fairness […]

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‘School Play’ spotlights Pennsylvania’s educational funding quandary

NEWSWORKS advances tonight’s premier of “School Play” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. “The script of the documentary-style play, called “School Play,” comes directly from the mouths of 150 people involved with public schools, including parents, teachers, students, principles, even a former state secretary of education,” the site reports.

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Circuit Rider Ronald Dufalla Fights for fair funding

“The Campaign [for Fair Education Funding] proposes a starting point for a statewide formula that would use a base cost for educating each student of about $7,300.”

The Tribune-Review reports that Dufalla is, ” … one of 10 “Circuit Riders,” part of a grass-roots movement meant to inform districts about the Campaign for Fair Education […]

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The state of school funding inequality in PA

The Education Trust, an independent national education policy organization, recently released a report on the nation’s growing funding inequalities between wealthy and low-income school districts. The study reveals that Pennsylvania has the second-worst funding gap among states. When adjusted for the higher needs of low-income students, Pennsylvania’s highest poverty school districts receive 17% less per […]

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TribLive: Fighting for fair funding

Shortly after retiring as superintendent in the Brentwood Borough School District, Ronald Dufalla found himself once again attending school board meetings.

This time, he was talking to district officials across four counties and sharing a passion he has had for years: the need for the state to provide “fair funding” for schools.

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Play dramaticizes PA school funding crisis

The Daily News advances this week’s performances of School Play at the National Constitution Center. Philadelphia writer and parent Arden Kass worked with The Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a campaign member, and others to create the work which, ” … is based on interviews with parents, students, teachers and state policymakers about Pennsylvania’s funding […]

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